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Trade in Germany

Germany was the world’s 3rd largest exporter of goods and 4th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $1.6 and $0.4 trillion USD respectively. Germany’s top export category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products, and fuels and mining products. In 2020, Germany’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to the United States, China and France, with trade representing 80.4 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Germany is the world’s 84th largest importer of goods and 3rd largest importer of commercial services. Import values were $1.4 and $0.4 trillion USD respectively in 2021. Germany’s top import category was manufactures, followed by fuels and mining products and agricultural products. Leading import partners were China, Netherlands and the United States. Germany is a member of the European Union, which is part of 45 different Regional Trade Agreements, including with Central America, Pacific States and Eastern and Southern Africa States.
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Federal Republic of Germany





WTO Membership Date

1 January 1995

Legal System

civil law system



Number of Time Zone(s)


Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.



Exchange Rate

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GTFP Confirming Banks

Through the IFC's Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) bank network, local financial institutions can establish working partnerships with a vast number of major international banks in the Program that can broaden access to finance and reduce cash collateral requirements. This extends and complements the capacity of banks to deliver trade finance by providing risk mitigation on a per-transaction basis in challenging markets where trade lines may be limited.
  • ABN AMRO Bank NV Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany - SWIFT: ABNADEFFHAM

  • Banco do Brasil Germany - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BRASDEFF

  • Banco Santander SA - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BSCHDEFF

  • Bank of Beirut UK Ltd Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BABEDEFF

  • Bank of China Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BKCHDEFF

  • Bank of China Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany - SWIFT: BKCHDEFFHMB

  • Bayerische Landesbank - Munich, Germany - SWIFT: BYLADEMM

  • Bayerische Landesbank - Nurnberg, Germany - SWIFT: BYLADEMM

  • BNP Paribas - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BNPADEFF

  • China Construction Bank Corp Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: PCBCDEFF

  • Commerzbank AG - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: COBADEFF

  • Credit Agricole CIB Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BSUIDEFF

  • Deutsche Bank AG - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: DEUTDEFF

  • Deutsche Bank AG Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf, Germany - SWIFT: DEUTDEDD

  • Deutsche Bank AG Munchen - Munich, Germany - SWIFT: DEUTDEMM

  • Deutsche Bank AG Stuttgart - Stuttgart, Germany - SWIFT: DEUTDESS

  • DZ Bank AG - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: GENODEFF

  • Europe Arab Bank Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: ARABDEFF

  • HELABA (Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale), Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: HELADEFF

  • HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt - Dusseldorf, Germany - SWIFT: TUBDDEDD

  • ICBC Standard Bank (Previously, Standard bank PLC), Hong Kong - SWIFT:

  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: ICBKDEFF

  • ING Bank Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: INGBDEFF

  • Intesa Sanpaolo Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BCITDEFF

  • Isbank AG (Turkiye Is Bankasi) - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: ISBKDEFX

  • J.P. Morgan A.G. - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: CHASUS33XXX

  • KBC Bank Deutschland AG - Bremen, Germany - SWIFT: BANVDEHB

  • KSK Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen) - Esslingen, Germany - SWIFT: ESSLDE66

  • Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg - Stuttgart, Germany - SWIFT: SOLADEST

  • Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg Mainz - Mainz, Germany - SWIFT: SOLADESTXXX

  • Landesbank Berlin AG - Berlin, Germany - SWIFT: BELADEBE

  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd – Duesseldorf, Germany – SWIFT: MHCBDEDD

  • Nord/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale - Hannover, Germany - SWIFT: NOLADE2H

  • ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: BHFBDEFF

  • SEB AG - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: ESSEDEFF

  • Stadtsparkasse Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf, Germany - SWIFT: DUSSDEDD

  • Standard Chartered Bank Germany GmBH - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: AEIBDEFX

  • State Bank of India, Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: SBINDEFF

  • Svenska Handelsbanken Germany - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: HANDDEFF

  • The Bank of New York Mellon Frankfurt - Frankfurt, Germany - SWIFT: IRVTDEFX

  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf, Germany - SWIFT: BOTKDEDX

  • UniCredit Bank AG (HVB) - Munich, Germany - SWIFT: HYVEDEMM

  • WGZ Bank AG - Dusseldorf, Germany - SWIFT: GENODEDD

Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

Copyright Offices

  • Unit III B 3 (Copyright and Publishing Law)

  • Directorate IIIB

  • Directorate-General III: Commercial and Economic Law

  • Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Industrial Property Offices

  • German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
    Referat 621
    Phone: +(49 30) 18 529 3439

    Wilhelmstraße 54

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN) National TBT Enquiry Point
    Phone: +49 (0) 30 2601-2063

    Saatwinkler Damm 42/43,

    [email protected]

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Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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